TAU’s Coller Institute of Venture Hosts Major Conference in Hong Kong

Hundreds gather to explore the role of venture capital in shaping the future
14 June 2017
From left: Jeremy Coller, CIO, Coller Capital; Prof. Serden Ozcan, Chair of Innovation and Corporate Transformation at WHU, winner of a CIV 2017 Venture Research Award; Prof. Joseph Klafter, President, TAU

The annual conference of the Coller Institute of Venture was held in Hong Kong this spring, spanning five days at different venues. Bringing together top minds in venture and innovation, the goal was to generate new insights into the future of society, and the role venture can play in helping shape it. 


The conference program included a session for academic papers, a plenary day at the Hong Kong Science Park, and partner events and tours in collaboration with Qianhai, Cyberport and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Along with Nobel Prize laureate Prof. Dan Shechtman, TAU President Prof. Joseph Klafter and HK SAR Secretary of Innovation and Technology Mr. Nicholas W. Yang, numerous high-profile speakers arrived from Israel, the USA, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and mainland China.  The conference attracted over 250 participants altogether.


The Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University aims to advance the global venture ecosystem and serve as a hub of knowledge for venture policy makers worldwide.  A healthy ecosystem fosters the growth of new ideas, from conception to innovation, from value propositions to realized value.  


As TAU President Prof. Klafter noted, “We see a growing inter-relationship between academia, industry & society – and not just on the local level but also on the global level”. Improving the speed by which innovations from universities, government research programs and private companies manifest themselves as new ventures and quality jobs will greatly improve overall quality of life and society as a whole. 


The Coller Institute conducts research into venture capital from various perspectives: government and municipal policies, knowledge and innovation management, and university venture. Its findings are published in The Coller Venture Review.


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